Dobbs County Manuscripts, Eric Norden Collection, and the US Bureau of Land Management

Several new or newly updated finding aids have been added to our Private Collections finding aids page:

Dobbs County Manuscripts, 1767-1785 (pdf)
Dobbs County was formed in 1758 from Johnston, under an act effective 10 April 1759. When the county was abolished in 1791, Dobbs’s former land went into the formation of Lenoir and Glasgow (name changed to Greene in 1799). Early Dobbs County manuscripts are particularly important because of extensive records loss in fires in the Lenoir County Courthouse, 1878 and 1880. Similarly, Greene had lost many court and all land records in 1876. Consists of four Dobbs County manuscripts: two documents accessioned in 2001, both deeds (indented deeds or indentures), dated 1770 (John Charlescraft to Benjmain Caswell, 600 acres) and 1785 (Benjamin Caswell to Abraham Hill, 350 acres). Includes also two documents accessioned in 2012, consisting of one land grant, dated 1767, 436 acres to James Hinson; and one deed (indented deed or indenture), 1779, Richard Caswell to James Lawson, Jr., 380 acres.(4 items)

Norden, Eric, Collection, 1735-1967 (pdf)
This collection consists of the papers of Norden, native of Sweden, Wilmington resident, and civil engineer specializing in land surveying and title research in southeastern North Carolina for lumber companies, development companies, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, perfecting titles to swamp lands owned by the department. (21.0 Linear feet)

A new finding aid has been added to our State Agency Records and Select Federal Records finding aids page:

United States Bureau of Land Management, August 1988 – April 2010 (Federal Records) (pdf)
In 1812 the General Land Office was established to superintend and execute all transactions involving public lands except the work of surveying and mapping. In 1849 the General Land Office was transferred to the Department of the Interior. The functions of the Office were to supervise the survey, management, and disposition of the public domain and generally to execute all laws relating to public lands. In 1946 the General Land Office was consolidated with the Grazing Service of the Department of the Interior to form the Bureau of Land Management. (1 Box)